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“It Exposed Me To What Funding Was Like in Canada”: How The Breakthrough Program Can Help Your Career

In 2016, Lisa Rideout embarked on the Breakthrough Program with her project Act Three. Her film Take A Walk on the Wildside evolved out of feedback from the program. A short year later, it was premiering at the prestigious Hot Docs Film Festival. The film, which scored a BravoFactual grant, is still travelling on its festival tour. […]

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“The Constant is the Story”: David Lickley on Breaking Into the Film Industry

David Lickley didn’t start out as a filmmaker. In fact, he got his Masters Degree in Biology from the University of Alberta. Over his career, he’s worked as a director, writer, or producer on over 40 nature films and science documentaries. He documented Jane Goodall in Jane Goodall’s Wild Chimpanzees, brought Morgan Freeman onboard to narrate […]

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Live In The Confidence Of Your Vision: Sherien Barsoum on Breaking Into the Film Industry

Sherien Barsoum is on a roll. As a producer, her latest two projects, House of Z and Babe, I Hate To Go will premiere at the 2017 Hot Docs International Film Festival. (House of Z will also play at the Tribeca Film Festival.) As a director, her feature doc, Colour Me, screened across North America. […]

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Don’t Give Them Any Reason To Doubt: Adam Gray on Breaking Into the Film Industry

Adam Gray’s creative partner is someone he’s known his entire life: his brother, Andrew. Together, they’ve made 11 documentaries for TV. In 2014, they released their first feature doc, Fly Colt Fly, at the Toronto International Film Festival. The legendary John Waters put it on his list of 10 Best Films of 2015. The film went […]

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“You Can’t Wait For Permission”: Chanda Chevannes on Breaking Into the Film Industry

Chanda Chevannes is changing perspectives, one film at a time. In 2013, Sydney’s Buzz on Indiewire named her a “Woman To Watch.” Her short doc SASA! has changed individual behaviours and national laws on violence against women and HIV. And Living Downstream, her first feature film, took on the chemical industry. It was broadcast on […]

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5 Tips For Applying to DOC Institute’s New Visions Incubator

Are you a young filmmaker? Do you live near Toronto, Sudbury, or Belleville? Apply today to New Visions Incubator, an exciting new documentary mentorship program that will get your project camera-ready. Nervous about applying? Don’t be! Here are some tips for a strong application:  (1) Ask yourself: Why are you the best person to tell this story?  […]

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